Places of Worship
Kelantan has important mosques and houses about 25 temples within Tumpat’s vicinity with huge statues of sitting Buddha, sleeping Buddha and many more.
i) Kampung Laut Mosque
The oldest surviving mosque in Malaysia dating to early 18th century, Kampung Laut Mosque was built with a classic architectural with its triple-tiered roof that reflect a combination of traditional local architecture and Javanese style.
Every piece of locally-sourced building material in the mosque were handcrafted to perfection by skillful craftsmen and builders. Cengal hardwood was mainly used in its construction to retain a timeless aesthetic quality of the mosque.
Today, Kampung Lat Mosque remains as an active religious gathering centre to the locals and acts as one of the living museum in the country.
Kampung Laut Mosque
Nilam Puri,, Jalan Kuala Krai, 16010 Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
ii) Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque
Located in Rantau Panjang, also known as Beijing Mosque, Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque is the first Chinese-style mosque in the country where a symbol of Islam’s universal appeal. The mosque’s magnificent Chinese-Islamic architecture is reminiscent of the thousand-year-old Nujie Mosque in Beijing, China.
Its exterior features green pagoda-style roof and a tall minaret with the names of all 25 Prophets inscribed on it, while its interior is sprinkled with Uzbek and Indian design elements.
Masjid Beijing’s main complex consists of two storey; the first floor houses a multipurpose hall, a library, a kindergarten and a bazaar, where the second floor comprises the main prayer hall and VIP rooms.
iii) Sultan Ismail Petra Mosque
Located in Kubang Kerian, just 5km from Kota Bharu, Sultan Ismail Petra Mosque is the largest mosque in Kelantan and was named after the former Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Ismail Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra, who officiated the mosque in 1992.
Incorporated the architectural style of Middle Eastern mosques, the mosque features a pure white façade and large arched glass windows running along the top part of its walls for maximum utilisation of daylight as a source of natural lighting. Dark blue domes topped with crescent-moon sky pointers adorn its roof and four tall minarets. The mosque’s most outstanding feature sits within its prayer hall, in the form of a majestic pulpit made out of white marble.
Sultan Ismail Petra Mosque
Jalan Kubang Kerian, 16150, Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
iv) Muhammadi Mosque
Originally known as Masjid Besar Kota Bharu, Muhammadi Mosque adopted an open design concept with a Colonial architectural style, built originally of wood in 1867 and renovated several times since then. This yellow-and-brown structure features Moghul-style domes and the liberal use of arches and pillars throughout.
Its main prayer hall is adorned with stunning Roman columns embellished with beautiful dark brown carvings around the top. Air vents along the walls provide natural ventilation in the building.
Today, state level religious functions and events are held here and Muhammadi Mosque is also a famous Islamic learning centre in the region, particularly among religious scholars and those seeking knowledge of the religion.
Jalan Sultanah Zainab, 15000, Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
v) Wat Photivihan (Reclining Buddha Temple)
Built in 1973, Wat Photivihan is a famous Thai Buddhist temple which is located in Tumpat district. The temple houses a reclining statue of Buddha (Sleeping Buddha) which is believed to be the second longest in the world and the longest in Southeast Asia with measurement of 40m in length, 11m in height and 9m in width. The temple compound consists of several buildings and a small restaurant.
Kampung Jambu, 16200 Tumpat, Kelantan.
vi) Wat Machimmaram (Sitting Buddha Temple)
Spans across an area of 2.4 hectares, Wat Machimmaram is a Buddhist temple which consists a large Sitting Buddha that is 30m in height and 18m in width, clad with pink mosaic stones.
The statue was completed after 10 years of work in 2000 and reputedly the largest in Southeast Asia. During festive and auspicious days, the temple is a popular pilgrimage destination for Buddhist devotees.
Kampung Jubakar, 16210 Tumpat, Kelantan.
vii) Wat Mai Suvankhiri (Dragon Boat Temple)
Spread across an area of 4 hectares, Wat Mai Suvankhiri is a breathtakingly beautiful complex which consists of two temples with Thai architectural design.
The main temple houses a replica of a dragon that is about 45m in length surrounded by a moat of water, thus earning it its name Dragon Boat Temple.
Wat Mai Suwankiri
Kg. Bukit Tanah, 16200 Tumpat, Kelantan
Facebook: Wat Mai Suwankiri
viii) Wat Pikulthong
Wat Pikulthong is a Thai Buddhist temple which its main highlight is the huge statue of a standing Buddha, covered with a gold mosaic.
There are several buildings and shrines including one with a characteristic red roof in the temple compound.
ix) Wat Kok Seraya
Located in Tumpat district, Wat Kok Seraya is a Thai Buddhist temple with a big golden stupa and the typical walled compound setup.
The highlight is the white statue of a female Buddha, which is quite unusual in a Buddhist temple. This probably originates from the local Chinese Buddhist population and their reverence for the Goddess of Mercy.
Wat Kok Seraya
Kampung Kok Seraya, 16200 Tumpat, Kelantan.
x) Swee Nyet Kong Temple
Located 15km from the Gua Musang Town, Swee Nyet Kong Temple is the first Chinese settlement in Kelantan approximately 500 years ago. The arrival of the Chinese people to Pulai, Gua Musang in 1429, 24 years after Admiral Cheng Ho landed in Melaka was believed to be due to a dream of striking abundant gold.
The arrival date of these settlers can be proven based on the records found in a temple known as the Mek Temple and is located in a limestone cave. In this chamber, there is a picture painting of the Goddess of Mercy brought from China by migrants to provide protection during their emigration. The temple was burned down by the Japanese during its occupation era around 1941 and rebuilt in 1971.